Expanding Jesus’ Boundary

“Jesus and his disciples came to the other side of the sea, to the territory of the Gerasenes.”

Words from our gospel today, according to Mark. (Mark 5:1-20)

Jesus goes to the other side of the sea.

He has expanded his mission to an area outside the lines.

He is in foreign territory now.

He has moved from the land of the Hebrews to pagan territories.

From a land where people would acknowledge his Father to a land where people worship other gods and idols.

From a land of order and law, to a land of chaos and tumult.

He frees a person possessed by a legion of demons here, and restores him to new life and order.

He shows his power in this new place, outside the conventional boundaries.

God is supreme over everything.

Nothing is outside the power of his hand.

There are parts of our lives that are inside the boundaries of God, and also some that are outside.

God wants to expand those boundaries.

To stretch into those places of our lives that we leave him on the doorstep when we enter.

He has power over everything, everywhere.

As long as we bring him with us.

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